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Time for humans to start thinking about moving says Hawking

For many years humans have dreamed of one day colonizing other planets and moons.  Although research would be an important reason for the foreign bases, could the survival of the human race depend on whether or not we can colonize other planets?  World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking recently said that humans need to colonize a planet or moon because the Earth might face destruction -- A man made disaster -- global warming being a good example -- or natural disaster could potentially destroy the planet. 

Although he believes humans can colonize the moon within 20 years, and establish a sufficient base on Mars within 40 years, humans "won't find anywhere as nice as Earth," unless we visit another solar system.  The moon looks to be like an ideal place for a potential new colony.  Not only does it appear to have everything needed to sustain humans, ice has also been found at its poles.

Nations have been thinking about colonizing other planets for years.  DailyTech earlier reported that NASA is working towards a permanent moon base that would be a stepping stone to allow astronauts to explore Mars firsthand.  Swedish researchers are also studying different ways to have a self-sustaining colony on the moon.

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By INeedCache on 6/15/2006 8:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind." -Albert Einstein

Just think about that for a bit, instead of some of the useless drivel that has been spewed forth in this forum.

By Decaydence on 6/15/2006 8:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
What is this quote meant to rebut? This is simply Einsteins affirmation of Deism or some variation of it. Just because you both choose to personify the forces that created the universe doesn't mean doing so is any less arbitrary. There is no evidence showing that an intelligent force created the universe therefore believing that is an excercise in creativity, not analysis.

By INeedCache on 6/15/2006 9:31:43 PM , Rating: 2
There is no irrefutable evidence to support evolution, either. Yet many here want to make it fact. The quote was not meant to rebut, but to merely give many who have posted here something else to ponder, especially the part about our frail and feeble minds. Evolution is a fact? I guess for some, ignorance truly is bliss.

By Decaydence on 6/15/2006 9:49:36 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say "irrefutable evidence", I said there was no evidence whatsoever. There is evidence to support evolution. You can trace slight changes between species of different eras and even track their movement across the globe. I suppose you could say the evidence isn't irrefutable because we don't have video of it happening, but the evidence is certainly overwhelming and there is absolutely no evidence to the contrary or to any alternate explanations.

If we can tell certain species didn't exist at a certain time, yet do now, how did they come to exist? Spontaneous generation? Magic? Did aliens bring them? Whatever the explanation you bring to bear other than evolution, it is going to be one with far less evidence to support it than evolution. If you don't agree with the statement that certain species didn't exist at a certain time yet do now, then you must believe that all the species we know to have existed at one point in time all existed at the same time, which is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life. There would obviously not be enough space on the planet for that to have ever been the case.

Evolution is not a scientific fact simply because of a semantic distinction. Make no mistake about however, evolution has occurred on this planet.

By masher2 on 6/16/2006 9:08:55 AM , Rating: 2
> "There is no irrefutable evidence to support evolution, either"

No, there is a vast amount of irrefutable proof for evolution itself. It occurs...and we have daily proof of it...where do you think new flu viruses come from each year? We've even proven that man himself has evolved, and is continually doing so.

The only thing without irrefutable proof is the origin of mankind (and, by extension, of life itself). We have evidence...some of the strongest evidence in all science, in fact. But until we build a time machine and go back and take pictures of the event, it still remains "theory", no matter how much data we have to support it.

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